5.09.2014

When Blogging Becomes More Than Writing

I started my blogging journey a little over a year ago. I wanted a place where I could document the year leading up to our wedding, a place where I could write about the adventures my (now) husband and I have taken together.Through my journey, however, blogging has become so much more than just writing. Through this space I have met amazing women from across the country. I have laughed with them, celebrated with them, and most recently, cried with them.

On my wedding day I received an outpour of congratulatory messages through Twitter, Instagram, and email from bloggers across the country. I was overcome with gratitude towards every single person that reached out to me on that special day. It's truly amazing how someone you have never even met in real life becomes a part of your life, a friend. Someone who is there to celebrate the milestones in your life, and someone who is there to support you through the hard times. 

This week the blogging community has come together to support a family who is going through the unimaginable. This past weekend Jacqui from Baby Boy Bakery lost her three year old son, Ryan, in a tragic accident. While playing outside at a friend's house, Ryan was struck by a truck and passed away. 

"A simple excitement to grab the frisbee that had escaped into the road was met with a tragic loss."
The moment I read this story, my heart began to ache for this precious family. I haven't stopped thinking about them since. I cried while scrolling through Jacqui's instagram account. The love her and her husband have for their red-headed baby is undeniable. 

Another thing that is undeniable is love that the blogging community has for one another. over 31,000 people have taken to social media and poured out their love and support for Jacqui and her family by using the hashtag #RedBallonsForRyan. Each person has made a vow to never let little Ryan's memory fade. He is now dancing with the Lord in heaven, but his memory will forever last here on earth.
Right now the family needs our support. They need to know that we love and care for them through this difficult time. If you would like, grab a picture of Ryan from Jacqui's instagram account and repost it using the hashtag #RedBallonsForRyan. Be sure to also tag  Jacqui, @babyboybakery and Dan, @danno12Most importantly, However, pray. Pray for peace and comfort for the family. Pray for Jacqui and Dan as they plan the unfathomable task of burying their son. Pray for anything that may bring a sense of healing to this precious family.
Ryan, you will never be forgotten.

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14 comments :

  1. My heart hurts every time I see photos of him...he was such an amazing little boy. I just want to hug my nieces a little closer after this.

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  2. Such a tragic loss...praying for the family and their loved ones! Life is just so precious and its stories like this one that really shine the light on it.

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  3. I'm so sorry for the family & their loss. They are definitely in my thoughts & prayers.

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  4. I can not imagine the pain, my heart hurts just thinking about what she must be feeling. I have two boys and well, I just can not even bring myself to imagine. I will send this mom healing thoughts and light.

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  5. Every time I read this story and see Ryan's picture my heart breaks all over again for Jacqui and Dan. I cannot imagine how they feel, but I love how this blogging community and social media has gathered to give them strength, thoughts, love and prayers.

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  6. This is an awful situation. I will def. keep their families in my thoughts and prayers!

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  7. I've cried several times when I see this story. really sad and he was so precious. I love those red curls. and the family is beautiful. It's definitely awful but gives you comfort knowing that he is dancing with the Lord.

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  8. This little boy is everywhere...but here. It's so incredibly heartbreaking <3

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  9. Every time I see pictures of this sweet boy tears fill my eyes. I find myself thinking about his parents countless times a day, I am sure they are really feeling the love and support from this world of such caring people. So many people are doing countless things to reach out to them, another reason to be thankful for the technology we have today. God Bless them <3

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  10. Such a sad story and it hits so close to home since I have two little ones, life is so precious and something that sometimes we take for granted. I'm praying hard for this family... I can't imagine the pain they feel.... so heart wrenching!

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  11. Oh this is so sad!!!! I can't imagine going through anything like that. I love how the blogging community is coming together to support them!

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  12. What a beautuful tribute every time I see these posts and his adorable face my eyes just well with tears. So incredibly heart breaking. Praying for them always.

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  13. This is such a sweet post, I love how everyone is coming together to comfort his family it shows what people are capable of doing. I hope these parents can find peace in such a sad situation.

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  14. My heart is so sad for this family. What a travesty. I can't even begin to imagine... The blogging community is amazing for so many reasons, but it's also so beautiful because of things like this. In my prayers.

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